Felix Hernandez was, by his standard, not-so-great on Saturday against the Yankees. But he still won the game. There’s a lesson there.
I was pumped to see the @realkingfelix in the Bronx. My first game of the season, a great spring day, and an amazing ticket thanks to my friend and fellow baseball fanatic Larry T.
Ultimately, Felix got the win, and tied Randy Johnson as the all-time Mariners strikeout leader, but he looked pretty pedestrian. Six walks, five hits, and 105 pitches just to get through five frames…yeah, Felix looked pretty rough.
His counterpart, C. C. Sabathia, looked pretty good through four innings. Then, in the visitors’ fifth, the wheels came off for this other former Cy Young winner. C.C. gave up a monster homer to Cuban defector Leonys Martin, and two more runs crossed the plate before Joe Girardi yanked Sabathia from the game. He couldn’t finish five innings.
Felix saw those runs, among the few that have been scored on his behalf all season, and must have rubbed his little blonde beard in wonder. He had another very questionable fifth inning, but struck out Did Gregorius to end the frame.
MLB.com called it a “solid outing,” but it was an ugly turn for an All-Star pitcher. He admitted afterwards he wasn’t pleased with his pitching, but was glad the M’s got the W.
So there you have it. Some days, you feel like crap. Your hair isn’t great and you’re missing a button on your favorite shirt. The train is 40 minutes late and your boss is raging. But you sit down and do your job, and sometimes, it comes out alright anyway. At the end of the day, your boss gives you a big smile and says, “hey dude, great work.” We don’t get 800 grand a start like King Felix, but we can all put in the effort.
- It would appear that Hernandez will break Johnson’s record in Friday in Anaheim. A pity he couldn’t do it in front of a packed “court” in Seattle.
- Also in the lineup for Seattle on Saturday was Venezuelan Franklin Gutierrez @, who’s missed much of the past four seasons with injury and illness. The 33-year-old Caracas native won a Gold Glove in 2010, but sort of typifies the patchwork lineup of Seattle after big-name signings Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz.